I was new to the office
and there was a person
crying about how they
weren’t getting the shifts
they wanted, or something.
I wasn’t really listening.
But I was pulled in, momentarily.
Targeted. What did I think about
all this on my second or third
I thought nothing. I couldn’t
speak to it in any way at all.
No skin in that game. It wasn’t
time to be any sort of hero.
So I did the first thing I could
think to do:
I put my headphones in and started
Head down. Back to work.
I guess I lied when I said, just then,
that it wasn’t time to be any sort
I was my own hero right then and there
on that day, in that moment.
And I was never bothered again.